Homelessness Vulnerability

This specialist one day seminar focuses on the landmark Supreme Court judgment in Hotak & Others v Southwark LBC & Others (2015) UKSC 30, which was handed down on 13th May 2015 and which changed the legal definition of vulnerability under English homelessness law. As well as looking at the judgment in detail, the day will also include practical issues such as writing decision letters. No-one involved in homelessness can afford to miss this seminar.

Over 200 delegates already trained! Feedback includes:


'This training clarified the new law very well.’

Solicitor, Islington Law Centre

'Highly informative, an excellent course.’

Outreach Officer, Royal British Legion

'Excellent content.’

Housing Solutions Advisor, Halton BC

This seminar, written by experienced trainer and housing lawyer Mark Robinson, is an essential event for homelessness and housing options officers, housing advisors and lawyers. Mark believes ‘no-one involved in homelessness can afford to miss this seminar’.

After attending delegates will be able to advocate for applicants, or make decisions on behalf of local authorities, in a more effective way.

We are no longer offering public dates but can deliver this event inhouse to groups of five or more staff. Around twenty organisations have already booked this option. Please email inhousetraining@shelter.org.uk or call 0344 515 1161 for more information.

Seminar aims

  • To update delegates’ knowledge about the new law
  • To identify those aspects of the existing case-law which remain valid
  • To increase delegates’ confidence in advocating for clients or making decisions

Seminar content

  • How did we get here? The journey from Pereira to the Supreme Court
  • The judgment in detail – what the Supreme Court did, and did not, say
  • The new test of vulnerability
  • The relevance of the 2010 Equality Act
  • Putting the law into practice – making decisions and writing letters.

Suitable for

Anyone working in the homelessness sector; including homelessness and housing options officers, housing advisors, and lawyers.

CPD hours 5